University of Lagos

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has charged stakeholders to support government effort in asset recovery for national development.

Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, the ICPC chairman, gave charge on Thursday at the commemoration of 2019 African Union (AU) Anti-Corruption Day with the theme “Opportunity cost of corruption and the value of asset recovery “at its state office in Enugu.

Represented by Amedu Sule, its Enugu State commissioner, he lamented the way citizens suffer one denial or the other in social service, physical infrastructure and their general well as a result of corruption.

“When N10million is stolen from public coffers or misappropriated from a local government, 20 boreholes meant to provide potable water to the local people are never dug, the corrupt officials and their collaborators in turn smoke to the banks at the expense of the majority.

He said, “We believe as a body that efforts geared toward recovery of identified stolen wealth would be transformational for our nation.

“Millions of Nigerians suffering denial of basic social services and lack of infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, water and employment will receive succour when stolen assets are recovered from looters,” he said.

He enjoined Nigerians to always report or give information on any suspected stolen assets so that corrupt persons did not continue to enjoy the use of what they stole from the government.

In his remarks, the Accountant General of Enugu State, Okolie Paschal, stressed the need for attitudinal change among citizens saying, ”If we must fight corruption to a stand still, citizens must change their attitude and ensure they do things the right way.”

He reiterated the state government commitment to continue to promote accountability, prudence and transparency in managing the state resources.

He assured that the present administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwusnyi would continue to partner with ICPC in their fight against corrupt practices.

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